THE WORLDPOST
04/25/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Elena Skordelli, TV Presenter, Accused Of Hiring Hitman To Murder Her Boss

John Lichfield, The Independent

Sigma TV, the second-most-watched channel in Cyprus, is known for its lurid soap operas and equally lurid approach to the news. In a plot-line to fulfil the channel's wildest fictional, and non-fictional, dreams, a glamorous blonde television presenter is due to go on trial in Cyprus tomorrow accused of plotting the murder of the boss who sacked her. Unfortunately for Sigma, the victim was the channel's own boss, the media tycoon Andis Hadjicostis, 43.

The couple accused of ordering his shooting includes one of the most celebrated people in Cyprus, Sigma's former lifestyle and news presenter Elena Skordelli, 42. The second alleged mastermind is her brother, Tassos Krasopoulos, 37.

Personal hatred and revenge for Ms Skordelli's sacking from the TV channel last year is said by the prosecution to be just one of the reasons for their alleged crime. Investigators also believe that there was a commercial motive

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